A Happy Ending

Today was our “graduation” for the 8th graders and I just have to share the most special moment because, honestly, it’s been on my mind all day long. I can’t stop thinking about it and smiling.

One of my students came through the line to shake hands with all the staff and receive his certificate. Bless his heart, he was not dressed up like the others and he was trying to hide behind a nervous smile. He reached out, looked me in the eye, shook my hand with a solid handshake, and said, “Good luck next year.”

Here I am shaking hands with 100 kids, many of which have no idea how to shake hands and I’m saying things like:
“Nice job, bud.”
“You look so nice today.”
“Have a great summer.”

And this boy….this boy who’s driven me just short of crazy many days this year…..
This boy who randomly makes me shake my head, roll my eyes, breathe deeply, count to ten, pray for sanity, silently chuckle….
This boy who has surprised me with answers, delighted me with questions, made connections I didn’t dream students in my Resource Room could make, and even made me question myself at times….
This boy who came back to say good-bye two more times before he finally left today….
This boy wished me good luck….

I so didn’t see that coming. It made me shake my head, blink back a tear, and smile. It made my day.

9 responses

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  3. Melanie:

    First, thank you so much for reading my blog. My first, “The Wellness Basket”, has been sent to publishers as a book. I started “The Path” just recently. I enjoyed reading “A Happy Ending” from your “blog”. My son is a teacher, so I know how wonderful it must be to see success, especially for kiddos who may be overlooked.
    I look forward to reading more.


    Kelly Moore-Ogg
    http://www.kellymooreoggblog.com “The Path”

  4. A great moment for you! As a former teacher I know that some of the most rewarding moments come from some of the most challenging students! You obviously reached something in this student!

    1. Yes, it was a great moment for me but an even better moment for him. He was so proud walking across the gym. I believe that in my room he felt safe, smart, and valuable and hopefully that carries through.

  5. Thank you! The sweet days help erase the not-so-sweet moments.

  6. Great post, I love when students are sweet! Thanks for the like on my recent blog post 🙂

  7. These are the reasons why we teach..I teach 10th and 11th resource english. Kids call me mom, tell me they love me and come to visit me throughout the day. They stay after, just to stay after. This is the reason why it is so difficult for me to leave. I love my job because you know that kids look forward to coming to your class each day. It is their escape. Thanks for sharing, it made my day.

    1. I’ve been compared to a mom before too. 🙂 You are right when you say our classrooms are an escape. I find it interesting that the majority of our students don’t miss much school.

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